On behalf of the ORCID Board and staff, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and participated in this year’s Board election process, especially the members of our Nominating Committee. Please join us in welcoming ORCID’s new Board members:
- Amal Amin Ibrahim, Associate Professor, National Research Center, Egypt (Researcher Seat)
- Katherine McNeill, Research Data Program Manager, Harvard University
- Lori Ann Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence, University of Arizona
- Michael Ullyot, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
- Jesse Xiao, Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Hong Kong
ORCID holds Board member elections every year, following an open recommendation and nominations process. ORCID Board members serve for three years; each year about a third of the Board seats are up for election. This year, the Nominating Committee was chaired with great dedication by outgoing ORCID Board Member Veronique Kiermer. The committee reviewed 12 eligible nominations for member Board seats and 66 nominations for the open researcher Board seat.
The Nominating Committee aimed to put forward a diverse slate of candidates driven by ORCID’s mission and able to contribute to ORCID’s continued growth and development. The committee was pleased to have candidates with skills and experience specifically requested to better balance and complement the existing board, namely financial management, risk management, experience in the arts and humanities, and networks in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The committee also ensured that the Board, as per our bylaws, retained a majority of representatives of non-profit members.
The Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates was reviewed by the Board at its September 2021 meeting, announced in this blog post by Veronique Kiermer, and sent directly to ORCID members via our newsletter and an email to all voting contacts in member organizations.
Of the 1159 members eligible to vote in the 2022 Board elections, 403 (35%) cast votes, above the 10% participation threshold needed for the election to be valid. Of those members casting ballots, 383 (95%) voted in favor of the slate, 18 (4.5%) abstained, and 2 (.5%) voted against the ballot. The election results were certified at 14:15 GMT on 1 December 2021.
Please accept my thanks if you participated in the election, and join me in congratulating our new Board members on their election.
We also received an excellent and diverse set of applications to join our newly formed Researcher Advisory Council. These applications have been reviewed by staff and we will be extending invitations to the successful applicants in the next few weeks.